Clinton Email Scandal Leaves Hillary With Few Supporters
A Clinton email scandal is threatening to derail Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential election bid before it even gets off the ground. Clinton, who desperately wants to be the next president, hit a serious speed bump yesterday when it was discovered that she never had, let alone used, an official State Department email account while she was Secretary of State, as is required by numerous federal laws.
Instead, she used an unsecured, personal email account to conduct all business, including her personal business, Clinton Foundation business, and official US State Department business, the latter being a violation of national security and government record-keeping laws.
The Clinton email scandal is not, as her liberal supporters will have you believe, a result of her having used a personal email account while serving as Secretary of State. Use of a personal email account isn’t unusual for a Secretary of State, and many previous secretaries have used personal email accounts. But, there is a prohibition against using personal email accounts to conduct official State Department business. The only exception to these rules is the rare instance when the State Department servers are not working. Even then, any email transmissions must be retained by the State Department for government record-keeping purposes.
The Clinton email scandal is a result of her using her personal email account to conduct official State Department business, in violation of several federal laws. If Hillary wanted to use a personal email account for surfing porn, I think we’d understand, especially with Bill around.
Clinton Email Scandal Security Perspective
Let’s look at the Clinton email scandal from a National Security perspective. First and foremost, her personal email account is not encrypted, and it was hosted on a server at her home in Westchester County, NY. While I’m sure she has a state-of-the-art alarm system, no one can argue that this setup is nearly as secure as US government email with US government encryption.
By using her personal email account, Hillary exposed confidential, top-secret, US government data to hackers, cyber criminals and other ne’er-do-wells, along with enemies of the United States. Quite honestly, the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans could have been reading Clinton’s emails for years, and she would never have been the wiser.
Clinton Email Scandal Record Keeping Perspective
Let’s look at the Clinton email scandal from a federal record keeping/Freedom of Information Act perspective. Emails that are written by or to government officials, like the Secretary of State, are public information and are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Except for classified information, we as citizens have the right to read Hillary’s emails, and the emails of any government official. It’s called transparency, and it does apply to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, whether they like it or not.
These are just two of the reasons Hillary was required to use an official State Department .gov email account, she just didn’t comply.
Hillary and Clinton surrogates will downplay the significance of the email scandal, and the mainstream media will almost certainly ignore the matter. Nonetheless, it is a big deal. Using her personal email was not an oversight; it was deliberate. She exclusively used her personal email account so that her emails would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act Requests. or, at the very least, having control of the source email files would give Hillary the time to vet emails prior to any document production.
She acted in direct contravention of federal record keeping laws, because Hillary doesn’t want anyone reading her emails. Her personal email account is not accessible to the State Department nor the federal archivist. It is only accessible to Hillary and her staff. So, when the House Select Committee on Benghazi requested her emails, they only got what Hillary wanted them to see.
This has predictably raised hackles from conservatives and Republicans, but it has also left liberals searching for some way to defend Hillary with an explanation as to how an experienced politician like Hillary Clinton could do this with a presidential race in her future.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, called Clinton’s actions a “stunning breach of security,” while former White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told the Today show’s Matt Lauer that he couldn’t honestly give a good reason as to why Clinton did that, saying it was “highly unusual.”
Since Gibbs is slow on the uptake, I’ll tell you why Hillary did it this way: she is hiding things and believes it is better everyone think she is crooked rather than letting them have documents that prove it.
The Clinton email scandal comes on the heels of last week’s revelations that the Clinton Foundation has been accepting money from foreign governments, another violation of federal law. The email scandal only adds to the woes of a Presidential campaign that hasn’t been officially announced, but may now be mortally wounded.